After a humiliating six-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan blamed the batting for the defeat. Admitting that there was a lack of intent, Morgan reckoned the batting let KKR down in the important tie.Also Read - BCCI Rule Puts The Likes Of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik & Hardik Pandya Doubtful For South Africa T20I Series 2022
“The batting let us down. We lacked a lot of intent throughout the whole innings. We were behind the game right from the get-go. Didn’t put the bowlers under enough pressure. RR adapted to the pitch much better. We were probably 40 short which is a lot in a T20 game,” he said at the presentation. Also Read - Eoin Morgan Lavishes Praise On England's White-Ball Coach, Says Absolutely Delighted To Have Matthew Mott
Morgan also blamed the Wankhede strip as he felt it was not good enough and hence every time KKR tried to take on the attack a wicket fell. Also Read - AB de Villiers Expresses Desire to Return to RCB in IPL 2023, Calls Bangalore His Second Home
“The wicket today wasn’t as good as it has been here at the Wankhede and that was a challenge in itself. Every time we tried taking an attacking option, we lost a wicket,” he added.
“Left us a lot to do at the back end, which we didn’t obviously do. Clearer the mind, the easier it is (to play with intent). We want guys to play free-flowing cricket. It wasn’t there today unfortunately,” he concluded.
However, Royals bounced back in the season with a sensational win over KKR to get their campaign back on track in the Indian Premier League. RR’s million-dollar man Chris Morris and skipper Sanju Samson took responsibilities on their shoulder to guide their team to an important win.
Rajasthan Royals moved to the sixth spot on the points table with four points in five matches at -0.681 NRR. While Kolkata Knight Riders have dropped to the bottom of the points table with just 2 points in five matches at a poor NRR of -0.675.